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📝 Logger

Effective logging is key to understanding and debugging your Robo.js projects. While you can use JavaScript's native console.log, Robo.js offers a more advanced logger object for enhanced logging capabilities.


Logs created using logger are not only prettified but also offer additional benefits like custom log levels, custom drains, and integration with your Robo's /dev commands and error replies.

Using the Logger 📪

The logger is available as a global object in your Robo.js project:

import { logger } from 'robo.js''Hello World!')

Creating a Logger 🪵

Create a new Logger instance:

import { Logger } from 'robo.js'

const customLogger = new Logger()

You can pass configuration options during instantiation:

const customLogger = new Logger({
level: 'debug', // Set log level
prefix: 'DiscordLogger', // Prefix For Logs
maxEntries: 200 // Default: 100

We do not recommend creating your own own Logger instance. Instead, use the default logger instance provided by Robo.js.

Logging Messages ✍️

The Logger provides various log methods to log messages at different levels:

logger.debug('Debugging message')'Info message')
logger.warn('Warning message')
logger.error('Error message')
logger.other('3rd Party message')
logger.event('Event Patched message')

The log level determines which messages get logged.

Log Levels 🎚️

The available log levels are:

  • trace - Very detailed debugging messages
  • debug - Debugging messages
  • info - Informational messages
  • warn - Warning messages
  • error - Error messages

The default level is info.

Changing Log Level

Change the log level dynamically:

logger.level = 'debug' // Enable debug logs

Creating Child Loggers 🐣

You can create namespaced child loggers using logger.fork():

const dbLogger = logger.fork('database')'Connection Initiated!')

This prefixes all logs with "database"

This is especially useful in plugins or modules where you want to identify the source of the log easily.

Flushing Logs 🚽

You can manually flush pending logs:

await logger.flush()

This ensures all buffered log writes finish before proceeding.

Get Recent Logs 📡

Retrieve an array of recent log entries from the logger's buffer.

const recentLogs = logger.getRecentLogs()
How Much?

You can also specify the number of recent logs to retrieve by passing the count parameter:

const recent20Logs = logger.getRecentLogs(20) // Default: 50

This allows you to customize the length of the retrieved log entries, providing flexibility based on your debugging and analysis needs.

Custom Drains

A unique feature of the Robo.js logger is the ability to define custom drains. A drain is essentially a target where your logs are sent. By default, logs are sent to the console, but you can configure custom drains to redirect them to external logging services or files.

Plugin Available

Our official plugin @roboplay/plugin-better-stack forwards logs to Better Stack Logs for a more user-friendly interface and efficient log searching.

Setting a Custom Drain

You can set a new log drain using the setDrain() function or by specifying it in the logger configuration.

Method 1: Using setDrain() Function

import { logger } from 'robo.js'

function customDrain(logger, level, {
// Your custom drain logic


Method 2: Specifying in the Logger Constructor

import { Logger } from 'robo.js'

const logger = new Logger({
drain: customDrain

Method 3: In the robo.mjs Configuration

// robo.mjs
export default {
logger: {
drain: customDrain

The default drain function looks like this:

function consoleDrain(logger, level, {
// Default drain logic

Optimized Logging for Robo.js

Robo.js's logger is optimized for asynchronous operation, ensuring better performance and reliability. It writes logs in parallel and maintains a flush queue to ensure all logs are written, even if the Robo crashes. This optimization is crucial for capturing every detail of your Robo's operation, especially in critical situations.

Additionally, logs from the logger are integrated into the /dev logs command and error replies, enabling in-Discord debugging. This feature allows for efficient troubleshooting without the need to switch between different environments.

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